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A different frame of mind

June 3rd, 2019

Image by the AGO.

Meet the frame – the often forgotten but vital part of the art viewing experience. Step into any of the AGO’s galleries and you will find an array of frame shapes, sizes and styles. In fact, the AGO has a collection of more than 1,500 period frames, many of which are works of art in their own right. Most historical paintings are exhibited in antique frames, some original to the works, and some are created specifically for a piece on view. On Level 2 in our Thomson Collection of Canadian Art, (Galleries 202–222) paintings are framed in everything from the extremely ornate to modern and sleek.

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Hito Steyerl blurs fact and fiction, the real and the virtual

June 3rd, 2019

A screenshot of a piece of warped metal siding, with the caption "Siri, who destroyed this city"
Hito Steyerl, Robots Today, 2016. Image CC 4.0 Hito Steyerl. Image courtesy of the Artist, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York and Esther Schipper, Berlin

Mark your calendars! Internationally renowned German artist, filmmaker and writer Hito Steyerl returns to the AGO next October, for her first ever major solo exhibition in Canada. Celebrated for her boundary-pushing films and lectures, her work casts a critical eye on a wide range of subjects, from video games to artificial intelligence. Taking viewers on a series of journeys to places remote, fictional and deeply personal, her boundary-pushing films and lectures reveal the complexities and absurdities undermining the idea of a connected world.

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In case you missed them

June 3rd, 2019

two women sit in chairs facing each other, talking into microphones.
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As the imaginative centre of Toronto, the AGO is always bringing international voices to our local audience. Over the last few months, we’ve had a number of artists, authors, musicians, comedians and all-around cool people join us to share their knowledge and tell their stories. To celebrate these inspiring and thought-provoking conversations, we’ve pulled together a list of our favourites featuring curators, artists, authors and more. Check them out.

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Applause for access

June 3rd, 2019

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We’re still feeling the excitement since launching our new admission model last week. On Saturday, May 25 – the day we officially started offering our AGO Annual Pass and free admission for anyone 25 and under – the AGO was buzzing with visitors both new and returning. Spirits were high and the energy was contagious! Since then we’ve been receiving wonderful feedback from visitors and community members, both in person and online. Here’s some of what we’ve been hearing:

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Sculpting the invisible

May 27th, 2019

a sculpture created using women's boots, and denim shorts sits atop a step ladder.
Valérie Blass, Ceux qui ne demandent rien, 2019, stool, acrylic gesso, paint, fiberglass and brick. Courtesy of the artist and Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver.

Witty, subversive, dark, cheeky – these are just a few of the words commonly used to describe the sculptural works of Montreal artist and 2017 Gershon Iskowitz Prize-winner Valérie Blass. In her new exhibition, on view now on Level 4 of the Vivian & David Campbell Centre for Contemporary Art, Blass goes one step further, sparking viewers’ imaginations with a series of works that use thrift store clothing, found objects and repeating visual motifs. Valérie Blass: Le parlement des invisibles is on view now until December 1. 

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Life behind the lens

May 27th, 2019

Ming Smith. Alvin Ailey Revelation, Harlem, NY, printed c. 1975. Gelatin silver print, Overall: 40.6 × 50.8 cm. Purchase, with funds generously donated by the Photography Curatorial Committee, 2018.  2018/31 © Ming Smith

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival may be winding down, but many of the exhibitions – including the AGO’s Photography, Women in Focus: 1920s–1940s – continue after the month ends. Before we say goodbye to the Festival, the AGO is hosting an exciting talk on May 29 with two Toronto luminaries June Clark and Suzy Lake, along with African-American artist Ming Smith.

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Your summer of inspiration

May 27th, 2019

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Spring showers have brought us flowers, and the heat of summer is almost upon us. That means a whole new line-up of adult, youth and children’s courses at the AGO. With life-drawing, painting, photography and more, there is something for every age group and every art-making style. This could be your summer of inspiration – take the plunge!

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Seeing stars with Vija Celmins

May 27th, 2019

White dots on a black backdrop.
Vija Celmins, Night Sky #12, 1995 – 1996. Oil on canvas mounted on panel, 78.70 x 96.52 x 3.17 cm. Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh: The Henry L. Hillman Fund, 1996.37. © Vija Celmins

Have you seen our exhibition Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory? On view now, it showcases the remarkably intricate works of artist Vija Celmins. And if you cannot get enough of gazing at the stars and ocean waves in her remarkable work in the exhibition, we present an additional installation of eight newly acquired prints by the globally acclaimed artist that are now part of the AGO Collection.

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